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rollers and a few things about tires...(5 posts)

rollers and a few things about tires...Abadamus
Aug 3, 2001 5:26 PM
Hi. I am fairly new (riding just 1 season so far - and happily reached 1100 miles the other day - woo hoo!). Anyhow, I have been reading the forum for a while, have learned a lot. I am sure these are things I should know by now, but somehow I don't.

Currently I ride Axial Pros - how do you know when to change the tires due to wear, and also, my tires have a few small cuts in them, presumably from broken glass - is this a big deal (especially considering new ones could (and will) be just as easily cut (glass is unavoidable around here for some reason (no street sweepers?))?

More importantly, I am wondering about rollers. I live in MN and the season is short up here - and as a medical student the season is even shorter still. I do not want to lose the ground I have gained, and so I am wondering what the prevailing opinion is concerning the use of rollers to maintain current level of fitness, as well as improving spinning skills. The things frighten me in terms of getting started (how steep is the learning curve on these things?) Also, what brand do you use? Thanks very much.
ahh, rollers.bill
Aug 3, 2001 5:49 PM
I do not believe that anyone serious about cycling can do without rollers. There, I said it.
They are not all things to all people, but they are something to everyone. For developing an even spin (primarily), for learning balance, for working cadence, they are the bees knees.
That said, they are better for developing and maintaining aerobic fitness than strength and anaerobic training. You can get anaerobic on rollers, but you've got to push a big gear very fast or you've got to get some sort of resistance unit. You can't do stuff like one-legged drills (or, I can't, anyway).
For very experienced cyclists with elaborate training programs, where training is broken up into very specific skills, rollers are probably of limited value (but not of no value). For a relative newbie, however, where you still are working on fundamentals, rollers will get you so far ahead of the curve, and you will find power in your pedaling stroke heretofore unknown to you, that their value far outweighs, IMHO, their limitations.
As far as the learning curve, don't worry about it. Yes, you will fall over. You will burn the rug (Resolve works great). But, in a week or so, you'll be so proud of yourself for your new skills that I'LL be beaming.
Get them. You can thank me later.
As far as brand/type, I went whole hog and got Kreitlers, which are expensive but wonderfully smooth and well-built. I got the standard- size rollers; the smaller rollers offer a little more resistance for the more fit cyclist. I'll probably get the Kreitler wind-resistance unit for this winter.
re: rollers and a few things about tires...zero1
Aug 4, 2001 5:49 AM
my sister rides about 200 miles a week on her bike and when she can't she will ride her rollers for an hour or more...she swears by them. believe me they are hard to get used riding on a pond of ice...i have a pair of minoura rollers and to me they are the closet thing to riding outside....just have a soft place to land when u fall
Get them....alansutton
Aug 4, 2001 10:51 AM
and some fat tires.
re: rollers and a few things about tires...wes
Aug 5, 2001 4:30 PM
About the tires: I ride them up to about 1000 miles. After that, I keep them until I get a flat. In all honesty, I never flat Michelins in the first 800 miles or so.

About the rollers: It will help you spin only. You don't build strength of endurance, but your technique will improve 100%. And this is a sport where technique and form is pretty darn important.